Enver Sajjad

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Enver Sajjad
BornAnwar Sajjad
(1935-05-27)27 May 1935
Lahore, Punjab, British India
Died6 June 2019(2019-06-06) (aged 84)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Anwar Sajjad, more commonly known as Enver Sajjad (27 May 1935 – 6 June 2019) was a Pakistani playwright and fiction writer. Because he was a novelist, playwright, actor, director, producer, voice-over artist, columnist, painter, dancer and physician,[1] he has been described as a polymath.[2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

He was born in 1935 in Lahore. Sajjad completed his higher studies in medicine from King Edward Medical College before heading out to the University of Liverpool for a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.[4] He was a medical doctor by profession.[5]

He began to write in the 1950s, when he was still a teenager.[6]

Anwar Sajjad was also a television actor who starred in a number of PTV productions and was also nominated for a PTV award for his performance in drama serial Saba aur Samandar. He was also an active member of the Lahore circle of literary figures and artists and had also chaired the Pakistan Arts Council, Lahore in the past.[4]

Anwar Sajjad had also worked for, before his death, the National Academy of Performing Arts. He quit this job due to his illness and other personal reasons.[4]

In the early days of television, after its introduction in Pakistan in 1964, it was the Pakistani television pioneer Aslam Azhar who persuaded writers like Ashfaq Ahmed, Bano Qudsia and Anwar Sajjad to write for television.[7]


His notable works of published fiction include:

  • Chauraha[4]
  • Janam Roop
  • Khushiyon Ka Baagh[4]
  • Neeli Notebook[4]

He wrote a number of plays for Pakistani television including:

  • Picnic
  • Raat ka Pichla Pehar[4]
  • Koyal
  • Yeh Zameen Meri Hai[4]

He also wrote and directed Theatre Plays

  • Aik Thi Malika
  • Khatra e Jan
  • Meri Jan
  • Faslay

Awards and recognition[edit]


Anwar Sajjad died on 6 June 2019 at Lahore, Pakistan at age 84. Among the survivors are his wife and a daughter.[5][4]


  1. ^ Editorial (8 June 2019), "Dr Enver Sajjad", The Express Tribune. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  2. ^ Xari Jalil (8 June 2019), "Eminent writer, actor Enver Sajjad passes away", Dawn News. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Why Enver Sajjad Was Happy Not to Be the 'Best'", The Wire. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Renowned playwright Enver Sajjad passes away in Lahore The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 6 June 2019, Retrieved 7 June 2019
  5. ^ a b c Faizan Hashmi (7 June 2019). "Funeral Prayers For Anwar Sajjad offered". urdupoint.com website. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  6. ^ Dr Naazir Mahmood (15 June 2018), "The art of Enver Sajjad", The News International. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  7. ^ Aslam Azhar – a hard but happy life Dawn (newspaper), Published 15 January 2011, Retrieved 7 June 2019

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